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What is the problem here ? Why global change is needed


Many countries have already made or are making the change but in many others, especially the UK and USA and other rich, industrialised, technologised nations its as if this human rights issue simply does not exist. It does not have the same "sexy" profile as racism or anti-semetism, womens rights and other human rights campaigns. The person who best explains the problem in clear, truthful terms is Franco Basaglia ...

"The microcosm that Basaglia and his colleagues saw in Gorizia was that of the asylum, of the manicomio, as a microsocial architectural space that reproduced perversions in human rela­tionships which were not only countertherapeutic, but iatrogenic, creating an illness specific to itself."

Source: Basaglia, Franco (1987). Psychiatry inside out : selected writings of Franco Basaglia. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anne Lovell. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 11.

The manicomio, wrote Basaglia in this period, was "an enormous shell filled with bodies that cannot experience themselves and who sit there, , waiting for someone to seize them and make them live as they see fit—that is, as schizophrenics, manic-depressives, hysterics, finally trans­ formed into things."

Source: Basaglia, Franco (1987). Psychiatry inside out : selected writings of Franco Basaglia. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anne Lovell. New York: Columbia University Press.

“Within its four walls, the pulse of history ceases to beat, the social identity of the individual contained therein is suppressed, and the process of total identification of the individ­ual with its psychic dimensions takes place. The conditions of his life maybe offered as proof of his innate inferiority, his culture dis­regarded as the expression of his irrational deviation. The silence which sets in, in the asylum, becomes both typical of it and guar­antees that, from it, no other message will reach the outside world."

Source: Basaglia, Franco (1987). Psychiatry inside out : selected writings of Franco Basaglia. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anne Lovell. New York: Columbia University Press.


QED. Problem defined. The modern "asylum" no longer takes place excusively within physical walls but by using modern drugs combined with ECT that essentially seal those people within their "bodies that cannot experience themselves" as Basaglia puts it. Then Basaglia hits the nail on the head ... "The silence which sets in, in the asylum, becomes both typical of it and guar­antees that, from it, no other message will reach the outside world.". Hence why this is almost an unknown human rights issue on the world stage, in the media and in every day conversation. This is the problem. The solution ? To create life, knowledge and awareness where there was none in order to produce a completely new but social and human way of dealing with people in distress. For example something like this ...

"A pa­tient who had left the hospital had seriously perturbed the life of the town. He argued with everyone, he would not stop fighting, he went so far as to threaten some people with death. Faced with this situation, the townspeople demanded that he be returned to the hospital, but the psychiatrists refused. With the mayor, they came up with the idea of calling a meeting [assembled], which would be open to everyone, to try to understand, along with the townspeople, what had happened and to search with them for a solution. Given the seriousness of the incidents and their timeli­ness, a considerable number of people, 1,300, attended . . . their resistances were strong, the discussion rowdy, but eventually the proposition was made that the patient could stay in the village but was to be accompanied by a nurse, at least at first."

Source: Basaglia, Franco (1987). Psychiatry inside out : selected writings of Franco Basaglia. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anne Lovell. New York: Columbia University Press.

Therefore the psychiatrists role has fundamentally shifted. In the case above the psychiatrists refused to simply get rid of the person. They negotiated and allowed the towns people their right to a say, as well as the right of the patient not to be excluded. It's the exclusion that creates a much worse problem where the patient would have been damaged and the society impoverished by disallowing it having a role of responsibility and humanity.

The Trieste/Italian practice went much further by repairing the relationships the artificial boundaries had damaged, both individually and in the society ...

"But for citizens to come inside [the asylum], there had to be strong inducements: film festivals, shows, plays by trav­eling repertory companies, or performances by musicians, actors, and artists. Once they mingled among the patients, the townspeo­ple could begin to recognize in the distress and suffering of former inmates some of the same problems in living that had plagued their own lives."

Source: Basaglia, Franco (1987). Psychiatry inside out : selected writings of Franco Basaglia. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anne Lovell. New York: Columbia University Press.


In the UK and USA the current situation (albeit with some ongoing positive changes) is probably best exemplified by another quote from Psychiatry inside out ...

"An alternative Basaglian view might lead us to explore how deviance and noncompliance can be forms of resistance and acts of autonomy. Difficult to categorize or treat, these young street people are considered the bane of social workers and psy­chiatrists alike, for they even "resist the contention that they are mentally ill." Rather than recognizing the legitimacy of many of their complaints, and helping them to channel productively their anger and aggressivity, mental health professionals are simply tar­geting them as prime candidates for reinstitutionalization in the "new asylum."

Source: Basaglia, Franco (1987). Psychiatry inside out : selected writings of Franco Basaglia. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anne Lovell. New York: Columbia University Press, p48.

Conversely a more enlightened approach leads to ...

"In Basaglia's terms this means an empowerment through words, an understanding that even delusional or delirious speech may be a febrile voice of protest, the only possible resistance available to those who are usually silenced, disgraced, and excluded."

Source: Basaglia, Franco (1987). Psychiatry inside out : selected writings of Franco Basaglia. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anne Lovell. New York: Columbia University Press.


Then in a typically derogatory fashion, a detached elite voice of Western (UK/USA) reductionist Scientism comes into play. This psuedo approach postures as ultimately rationalistic and beyond question ...

"To what extent the Basaglian program and ideology can be exported or imitated in other contexts is debatable, in so far as the Italian experiment—where it succeeded—did so exactly because it was able to articulate with the vernacular culture, with the anti-authoritarian and communitarian ethos of large seg­ments of the Italian working and professional classes, at a particu­lar historical moment."

Source: Basaglia, Franco (1987). Psychiatry inside out : selected writings of Franco Basaglia. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anne Lovell. New York: Columbia University Press.


When in fact the common application of the Basaglian/Trieste approach is betrayed by; "vernacular culture", vernacular: the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region. What country in the world does not have ordinary people in regions, such as Scotland ? "Anti-authoritarian", many countries have long history's and cultures of anti-authoritarian, think of Punks in the UK or Hell's Angel bikers in the USA. "Communitarian ethos", all countries where there are people have that. So "debatable" is an avoidance of doing the hard work by constantly seeking some "perfect" halcyon solution. New flash ! There's not one ! Life is always messy and imperfect. The challenge is overcoming that to make progress. Basaglia and his Trieste colleagues have already done the heavy lifting to show how to work hard at the right thing that will really achieve success.

Paradigm Shift

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete". As quoted in Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure (1999), by Daniel Quinn, p. 137

Elon Musk: "I came to the conclusion that my initial premise was wrong, that in fact there is a great deal of will, that there's not such a shortage, but people don't think there's a way, and if people thought there is a way, or at least something that would not break the federal budget, then people would support it [...] it's not a question of will its a question of showing there's a way".

This is the same in the area of replacing abusive psychiatric practices. There's the will but people often don't think there's a way. However in this case we don't have to start up the equivalent of Tesla or SpaceX to prove there is a way. Extraordinarily the hard work has already been done. It's called the Trieste "model" of mental health (although its more like a practice). The data shows better outcomes and less drain on financial resources. The work has been replicated in completely different projects like Loren Moshers Soteria Houses and similar work done by R D Laing that proved that a drug/ECT approach is simply not needed. The work has been verified by follow up studies over decades.

I have a Dream

Martin Luther King

I have a dream that one day this planet will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."


I have a dream that one day on the red hills of psychiatry, the sons of former mental patients and the sons of former psychiatrists will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.


I have a dream that one day even the state of the mental health system, a system sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.


I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by distress but by the content of their character.


I have a dream today!

Possibly inspired, just a little, by MLK's famous "I have a dream" speech). Original ...

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

This is not an idle comparison. It was Franco Basaglia who was the one who finally laid out the truth. For example see especially the book Psychiatry Inside Out: Selected Writings of Franco Basaglia as well as one of his papers. There's also a blog post about it here and the full PDF of the paper. This blog post is also relevant. With this new understanding its possible to see through the "cloak" that obscures what coercive psychiatry and their ideas in the society really are. For example take this random quote from an article about Apartheid ...

"Interviews with relatives and former classmates reveal an upbringing in elite, segregated white communities that were littered with anti-Black government propaganda, and detached from the atrocities that white political leaders inflicted on the Black majority." Source: Elon Musk Left a South Africa That Was Rife With Misinformation and White Privilege

This can be rewritten as ... "Interviews with relatives and former classmates reveal an upbringing in elite, segregated communities that were littered with anti-mentally ill government propaganda, and detached from the atrocities that psychiatrists inflicted on the traumatised and distressed."

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MIA Global Map Layer

The map contains a layer of markers that show the various international groups that are part of MIA Global.

IMHCN Map Layer

The map contains a layer of markers that show the various international groups and organisations that are part of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network.

The Story of Liberation Map

Joshi Project Map

Back in 2019 I started putting together a map based on a world map SVG on Mediakwiki Commons. In the UK I'd noticed the most appalling ignorance and literal information blockade when it comes to this area. It's assumed (although this is changing) that psychiatry's unnatural and frankly bizarre way of treating people in distress is "the only" way of doing things. No one knew about the major discoveries since the 1970's; Soteria Houses, Loren Mosher, R D Laing, John Weir Perry and of course Franco Basaglia. They did not and still don't know, although more are catching on, that there is a literal liberation movement WINNING across the globe (as you can see by clicking on the various countries). This is incredibly positive and such a contrast to the endless deary horror stories from perverted psychiatry that just depress and grind us all down. Those stories are very important and its important that victims are heard. But there's another side to this. Perverted psychiatry is falling across the globe. For example Argentina passed a law in 2010 to prevent the illegal coercion, torture and incarceration of the distressed. Perverted psychiatry are losing, and they are losing BIG, and rightly so. They have destroyed and hurt millions upon millions over the years and their lack of humanity has returned to bite them in the ass ! So, back to the map. The SVG map turned out to be unwieldy and difficult to manage. It's very difficult to add user interactions and popups directly to the SVG. I was then inspired by a map put together by the Joshi Project but was becoming increasingly frustrated with the SVG. I eventually remembered that I'd used QGIS before when I did some Mars mapping. QGIS is a big Geographic Information System application. Much of my excitement about GIS undoubtedly goes back to a very enthusiastic geography teacher that I had at secondary school. He got us involved in mapping third world problems and eventually something "clicked" about what he was teaching us. So QGIS is quite a complex and intimidating piece of software. However eventually I found I could just type "world" into the coordinates box to get a world map, then it was a case of using qgis2web to make the links and popup's into a web page. So there you go. Mapping liberation.

Here is an example QGS project file (not up to date).

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